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  • News: Four charged with hacking point-of-sale computers

    Four residents of Romania have been charged for their alleged participation in a multimillion-dollar scheme to remotely access point-of-sale systems at more than 150 Subway restaurants and other U.S. merchants and steal payment card data, the U.S. Department of Justice said.

  • News: New system secures cellphones for Web transactions

    The story, "New system secures cellphones for Web transactions," posted to the wire Tuesday, incorrectly identified Srikar Sagi in the second paragraph. Sagi is the author of PAL and a security researcher. The second paragraph has been changed and now reads:

  • News: Facebook may be scary, but we love it anyway

    As a research scientist for Barracuda networks, Daniel Peck has spent much of his time in the last year looking at activity on social networks and analyzing the common tactics used to scam, phish and otherwise trick people into clicking on bad links. A break down of the malicious activity on social networks can be found in By the numbers: How dangerous are Facebook, Twitter, search results (really)?

  • News: By the numbers: How dangerous are Facebook, Twitter, and search engines (really)?

    In his presentation titled "The dark side: Measuring and analyzing malicious activity on Twitter and Facebook," Daniel Peck, research scientist with Barracuda Networks, delves into the details of how cybercriminals trap people on social networks. Peck's research also uncovered that user perceptions of social networking security contrasts drastically with actual membership rates, which you can read about in Facebook may be scary, but we love it anyway.

  • News: Dutch SSL certificate provider Gemnet investigates website compromise

    Gemnet, a Dutch company that provides SSL certificates for the Dutch government, has closed down its website after it was compromised by a hacker who found sensitive information on the server hosting it.

  • News: Second-hand USB drives riddled with malware, Sophos finds

    Two thirds of a random assortment of USB flash drives bought second-hand at an Australian rail company lost property auction turned out to be infected with malware, security company Sophos has reported.

  • News: Facebook Flaw Exposes Myth of Online Privacy

    Facebook is making headlines this week for a flaw that exposed personal photos marked private--including pictures of Mark Zuckerberg and his dog. The glitch is Facebook’s fault, and Facebook responded quickly to address the issue once it was discovered. But, don’t believe for a second that this is the last time private information will be exposed online--on Facebook, or anywhere else.

  • News: UK cracks down on claims industry SMS spam

    Text-message spam is coming under close scrutiny from the U.K.'s data protection authority, which is trying to blunt an increasing wave of insurance industry and accident compensation-related spam.

  • News: BP demands massive forensic examination of Halliburton computer systems

    BP has demanded that a court allow a huge forensic examination of Halliburton's IT systems, over accusations that the US cementing contractor is hiding evidence into the Gulf of Mexico oil spill.

  • News: Printing mixup lands Council with £130,000 ICO fine

    A print job mixup has left a Welsh council nursing the largest fine ever to be levied by the Information Commissioner for a breach of the Data Protection Act.

  • News: Facebook flaw reveals Mark Zuckerberg's home photos

    Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg's personal photo archive has been made public after a privacy flaw on the social networking site allowed access to any other user.

  • News: Patricia Dunn, former HP chairwoman, dies

    Patricia Dunn, the former chair at HP, has died aged 58 following a long battle with cancer.

  • News: BATS Chi-X hardware failure floors Linux share trading platform for entire day

    Trading at BATS Chi-X, the largest Europe-wide electronic stock exchange, was yesterday unavailable for an entire day after a serious hardware component failure knocked out operations on its Linux-based matching engine.

  • Opinion: Channel your negative thoughts

    Being connected allows us to take advantage of all sorts of things: above all else, the web is an exceptional source of information. But it also lets us channel our negative thoughts.

  • News: Top 10 Influential 2011: The rise and fall of LulzSec

    Hacktivists with a virtual axe to grind got their fair share of the spotlight in 2011, most notably a group called LulzSec that managed to cause problems for organisations ranging from the CIA to Sony, thereby earning them a place in the top 10 influential.

  • News: Yahoo awarded $610 million in spam case

    Yahoo has won a lawsuit against spammers, a legal victory that also includes a default judgment of US$610 million.

  • News: Symantec confirms Flash exploits targeted defense companies

    Security researchers at Symantec today confirmed that exploits of an unpatched Adobe Reader vulnerability targeted defense contractors, among other businesses.

  • News: Facebook disables bug used to expose Zuckerberg photos

    A Facebook bug came back to haunt the company's co-founder and CEO, Mark Zuckerberg.

  • News: New tool patches security hole in DNS

    A new, free tool from OpenDNS promises to make domain name system (DNS) lookups--the conversion of a plain-English domain name into a numeric Internet address--more secure. DNSCrypt prevents third parties from intercepting your DNS requests and rewriting them to point your browser, email client, or other software to malicious or fake sites. That may sound like a tedious bit of Internet plumbing, but it profoundly improves your security.

  • News: What's really going on with Carrier IQ on your phone

    More details are emerging that reveal the Carrier IQ smartphone application does exactly what the vendor says it does. These new findings directly contradict the nearly universal allegations of keylogging, spying, and tracking, all based on the uncritical acceptance of the original analysis by Trevor Eckhart.

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